Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
George Saunders, Hilary Mantel and Michael Ondaatje are
among the names to have been shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker
Prize, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the coveted
Alex Bowler's "fine and curious mind", and
the mix of skills he brought from his previous roles at both Jonathan
Cape and Granta, together won him the coveted Faber publisher post,
chief executive Stephen Page has said.
Mick Herron's lauded espionage thriller Spook Street (John
Murray), already a CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger winner, has now
also been shortlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the